Dallas officer faces murder rap

Posted December 02, 2018

Amber Guyger, the Dallas police officer who was sacked earlier this year following the fatal shooting of her black neighbor inside his apartment, was indicted by a grand jury Friday on a murder charge, according to court records.

Guyger was initially arrested on manslaughter charges three days after shooting Jean.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Jean's mother and sister took the stand before the grand jury this week, but little else is known about what evidence was presented.

Guyger, 30, was still wearing her police uniform when she arrived home at the South Side Flats on the night of September 6 after working a full shift.

The officer told police that she concluded her apartment was being burglarized and gave verbal commands to the figure, which ignored them.

According to an arrest warrant, Guyger said she had got off on the wrong floor and because it was dark, she believed she "had encountered a burglar". She said she got to what she thought was her apartment - Jean's was directly above hers - and found the door ajar. Only after calling 911 did she turn on the lights and realize she wasn't in her apartment, according to the affidavit. "The Jean family's loss can not be restored to them, but we will continue to work to ensure that police officers are held to the same standards as everyone else in the Dallas community and across the state of Texas", she said. "I look forward to the next test, which is a conviction ... a proper penalty so she can reflect on what she has done".

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"We did a full, complete presentation to the grand jury", she said.

"I'm looking forward to the powers that be to come up with the answers to make me more satisfied that they are doing what is in the best interest of getting justice for Botham", Allison Jean said on September 10.

Before the grand jury decision was handed down, Jean's family's attorney Lee Merritt asserted that he was hoping for a murder indictment. Amber Guyger, the officer who killed Jean, was sacked by Hall following the shooting.

"I want to thank the grand jury for the diligence that they have given to this case", Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson said at a Friday news conference.

Following Friday's news conference, Jean's parents spoke to reporters, expressing their satisfaction with the outcome of the grand jury's vote, reported Dallas News.

"It is such a hard thing to go through", said Betrum Jean, Botham's father.

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Allison Jean on Friday said she's pleased with the outcome of the grand jury hearing.

Merritt has disputed Guyger's account that the tragedy was caused by the police officer mistakenly entering Jean's apartment.

Jean, a native of the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, had attended a Christian college in the US and was working at the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers at the time of his death.

After a brief internship and graduation from college, he accepted a permanent job in the Dallas office of auditing firm, Price Waterhouse Coopers in 2015.

"You see, the one person who can not speak is Botham", Jean's mother, Allison Jean, told reporters at WFAA.

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